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The project is aimed at improving the quality of management in the federal and regional civil services, parastatals and the private sector by establishing a management development distance learning programme in Ethiopia. The Government of Ethiopia began this project in January 1996 with UNDP funds in collaboration with the Open University Business School and local higher education institutions. The British Council has been managing the project.

1996 2002: first round of regions
In 1996, 40 tutors in five centres in five regions (Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, Southern Ethiopia, and Tigray) took the Certificate in management course. In 1997, 30 of these tutors took the Diploma course in management. At the same time, they tutored 600 students, principally from the government sector, in the Certificate course. In 1998, 800 students attended the Certificate course and 200 the Diploma course. In 1999 and 2001, same numbers of students attended the Certificate Diploma course. Additional tutors from all regions was undertaken, a training of tutors as a core monitoring group was conducted.

1997 2002: second round of regions

The project has been extended to four further regions: Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambela, and Somali.

In 1997, 20 tutors from these regions took the Certificate course. The project cycle is similar to that of the first round of regions. A pre-course English language support was given to the students to reduce attrition rate. In 1999, 200 students attended the Certificate course. In 2001, 300 are following the Certificate course, and 10 tutors the Diploma course.

The course will continue to be run under Ethiopian auspices, based at the established centres. During the life of the project, materials will be adapted as appropriate to Ethiopian conditions. It is intended that other courses will be developed to make use of the delivery mechanisms for distance learning that have been established. For further information, please contact:

For more details, please contact:

Girma Woldetsadik: Manager, Education and Training Services
Adwa Avenue, Artistic Building
PO Box 1043
Addis Ababa
Telephone 251-1-55 00 22
Fax 251-1-55 25 44

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